Japanese - KanaBeats - Hiragana and Katakana
What you'll learn
- learn to write all 46 hiragana from memory with correct stroke order
- learn to write all 46 katakana from memory with correct stroke order
- learn all the phonemes that derive from the base 46 sounds
- regular 20-minute practice sessions to learn hiragana solidly
- regular 20-minute practice sessions to learn katakana solidly
Can't quite seem to memorize all the kana characters? Need some extra motivation to help you "automate" the stroke order of kana and make them "stick" better? This course is packed with innovative videos to help you learn quickly and effectively. Learn all 46 hiragana and 46 katakana in a series of 10 video lessons, each approximately 20 minutes long. That's over 200 minutes of motivational instructional/practice videos and that not all...
Included with the video lessons are downloadable practice paper specific to each set, the mp3 tracks used in the videos to help keep you motivated to practice (without my narration), 10-question quizzes for each set, and video "KanaQuizzes" to gauge how you are progressing. The approximately 20-minute KanaQuizzes also have embedded mini lessons to go over how the basic 46 phonemes are altered to make all the sounds possible in Japanese. Currently all 5 of the hiragana KanaQuizzes are developed. I will continue to add new katakana video quizzes. That's another 100 minutes of video tutorials.
Most students find the repetitive practice needed to learn the writing systems a bit dull, so this video course is intended to motivate you through a musical approach with fun beats so that your regular practice sessions become more enjoyable. The different approach in this course engages different parts of your brain other than those typically utilized with "pencil and paper only" practice so that you (theoretically) learn the characters faster and more strongly.
Who this course is for:
- beginners of Japanese study
- students of Japanese who want an engaging way to learn hiragana
- students of Japanese who want an engaging way to learn katakana
- students of Japanese who have difficulty remembering hiragana and katakana and their stroke orders
Michael Van Krey is a high school Japanese teacher at Evanston Township High School since 1997. Before teaching, he lived in Japan for 3 years and has been back to Japan over 20 times since then for study, scholarships, and trips with his students.
He wrote all four years of the curricula for his high school courses and believes that teaching language should be dynamic and not bound to a textbook. He consistently uses technology and pushes the boundaries with sophisticated language lab usage, creating video lessons on specific topics, and using iPads in the classroom for each student to increase engagement and efficacy.
He has been nominated for a Golden Apple teaching award twice, won the inaugural Aurora Scholaship for summer study in Japan, a Fulbright/Hayes Scholarship to create video lesson in Japan, a US-Japan Foundation award for computers in the classroom, and a JCCC grant to purchase a classroom set of iPods.
In addition to teaching Japanese, he has served as a mentor to several teachers, a departmental staff developer, a technology staff developer, and co-facilitator of professional development for ETHS.